The Consciousness Has Shifted...The Awakening Has Begun
Yeah, things like cispa and acta can get us all a bit spooked and what not. But fear not there are some simple ways to bypass these things.
I'll share some of my knowledge with you and you do what you want with it :)
Your Internet Protocol (IP) Address is your telephone number in the internet. It says so many things about you and any site that you visit or any person you call requires that you have an IP address to communicate. Sites that you allow scripts on will often read this in order to give you advertisement such as "meet singles in [your town]"
You may wonder, HOW DOES IT KNOW WHERE I LIVE?!?!
Your IP... If you want to know what a website can see about your browsing habits then go take a look here:
All the main search engines out there log what kind of requests come from your IP in order to give you results tailored to your interest. For instance, if you "google" for lots of hifi equipment from the brand BOSE, and then start googling for hifi equipment for your car, you are more likely to receive results that include BOSE.
The changes are subtle... but they are there, also... what do these websites need all that data for anyways?
Tip: Use anonymous search engines that don't log your IP like startpage.com... or find your own
Ahh, facebook... I've never heard of a greater data-mining website than facebook. In effect the ads on the right side will change according to what you are even chatting about but what you might not be aware of is how far facebook follows you. Have you noticed that when you go to a new place and want to sign into facebook that you gotta answer some questions to get in? This is because facebook logs your IP and knows what town you live in based on that...
Now, not only that but you know that little facebook "like" button on all those websites you visit? that is tracking you as well... Do you really think facebook needs to know all that?
(I have no facebook... facebook makes me sick)
OKAY okay... enough of the dangers and spooky stuff... (but it's good to know!)
here are some sollutions!
ELITE HIGH ANONYMOUS PROXY SERVERS
Look for these on your own, when you use these, all the data that you send through the internet goes through one of these proxies first... Sometimes you can even encrypt the data.
How do I use a proxy?
Special programs or addons, using these may take some research on your part however there are some easy solutions. Basically you have two options:
1) use a web-based proxy like ninjacloak.com if you aren't very tech savvy
2) get a proxy switcher like "elite proxy switcher" or the firefox addon "foxyproxy"
Honestly, look up ghostery, install it for your browser and enjoy.
Ghostery will list all the different services logging your IP over the internet. These are usually advertising companies like google adsense or facebook connect (yuck).. but sometimes you might be surprised as to what ghostery can block.
Also, you will see how some websites get financed by ghostery... for example, blogtalkradio uses 11 different trackers.
NoScript is a firefox addon that automatically disables all the scripts on all the websites you go to, then a little bar will show up on your browser screen whenever there are scripts on a site that were blocked (basically ALL websites will have this)
All you have to do is click on the button on there and say which websites you will allow scripts from. This is really handy because ADs won't even show up on most websites. Also, you'd be surprised on how many websites google has scripts.
This program creates a "tunnel" between you and german servers... from then on, everywhere you go you look like you're surfing from germany no matter what.
Worth checking out, you get 1GB free use but you need an account to use it.
CHANGE YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS!
Stop saving cookies
Stop recording your history
Avoid having ten gazillion tabs open on the same browser!
Other websites can read these if they really wanted to... guess what that means for google and facebook?
Big coorperations, big names, big interest from our friendly rulers.
Windows is targeted by lots of virus creators because everyone uses it... mac users think they're safe... but if you do some research they're not impervious either.
The same thing goes for big search engine names like firefox, chrome (from google☺), safari and IE (snicker). Since a lot of people use them they're gonna be big targets for people wanting control over the masses.
Try looking for alternative browsers like Lunascape or Sleipnir. Lunascape is especially interesting (but COMPLICATED) because it can use addons from any browser (although somewhat problematic) and can surf the web based on any existing browser framework.
Sleipnir is also fun, but there are a ton of browsers out there. Check 'em out!
Imagine that, a program that scans every file on your computer... I'm sure the huge company behind these softwares is completely benign and has the best intentions of our privatesphere at heart like any other big coorperation </sarcasm>
Look up ways to keep important stuff on your computer encrypted with things like Bitdefender or use open-source products that would have no benefit to a large coorperation since they are developed by many people just like... well... c'mon, linux was started by hippies and heroes!
Stuff that is SO FREE, that ANYONE can look at the source code and programming of it... imagine if someone tried to release a program with espionage tactics on it and 100s of experts could recognize the dangerous data-mining inside... that wouldn't live on for long would it?
Well, sadly it does... android is developed by google and there WAS a scandal not too long ago about how it regularly sends updates about what telefone towers you've recently connected to.
This is why it's good to keep ourselves informed and...
Please don't just take it from me... RESEARCH IT!
And post your findings here :D we wanna discuss how we can armor ouselves in this new age, physically... especially since there are people out there who wanna make navigating the global mind tougher for us.
I'll leave you with one last tidbit, one gem of awesomeness I found in the internet for you lovers of free computer goodies and look forward to your input and collaboration on the topic, peace out!